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Industry Expert Lends Insight to Future Business Leaders

Industry Expert Lends Insight to Future Business Leaders photo
Mission, vision and value were a few key components emphasized during a recent innovative business workshop at Sachem High School East led by Dr. Robert Valli, dean for the School of Business at LIU Post. 

Students in Keith McCaffery’s Virtual Enterprise class attended an inspiring presentation that provided assistance for students in the development of innovative business ideas for this year’s Virtual Enterprise competition. The yearlong Virtual Enterprise class teaches upperclassmen valuable business skills as they navigate each aspect of a complete business plan. Throughout the year, the simulated student businesses will compete with other student groups from across Long Island, New York State, the United States and internationally at a plethora of competitions throughout the school year. 

Dr. Valli emphatically spoke to students about the importance of adapting to adversity quickly, how to effectively and efficiently utilize available resources and how to create connections between varying industries to benefit your business. 

As the workshop came to a close, Dr. Valli reiterated the importance of creating a business team consisting of asymmetrical collaborations to optimize brainstorming while developing business concepts and ideas. 

To begin the competition season, students will participate in the 2018 National Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be held this October. 

Sachem Senior Receives Long Island Scholar-Artist Award

Sachem Senior Receives Long Island Scholar-Artist Award photo
Sachem High School East senior Miriam e Silva was recently selected as one of 20 students to receive the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artist Award for her continued excellence in academics and the art of photography. 

Silva was enrolled in the Professional Photography program at the Bixhorn Technical Center at Eastern Suffolk BOCES during the 2017-2018 school year, where she was nominated for the opportunity to receive the award. As part of the arduous selection process, Silva was required to maintain an unweighted grade point average of 90 or higher and submit a portfolio of her work, including an essay to be assessed by a panel of artists and art educators. 

Silva was honored for her accomplishment at the Scholar-Artist Awards Kickoff program hosted by New York State Regent Roger Tilles on Sept. 12 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

Freshman Orientations Welcome Incoming Students

Freshman Orientations Welcome Incoming Students photo
Sachem High School East and North recently welcomed the incoming classes of 2022 at the annual freshman orientations this August. 

Principals at each high school greeted the new students and their families as they introduced various administrative members and reviewed building policies and procedures. The guidance department then led students through an informative presentation on the numerous resources available to them. 

Concluding the orientation, students and parents had the opportunity to tour the building with their class schedules and locate their lockers in preparation for the first day of school on Sept. 5.

Sachem High Schools Host Inaugural Freshman Academies

Sachem High Schools Host Inaugural Freshman Academies photo

As the 2018-19 school year approaches, both Sachem High Schools East and North welcomed the incoming classes of 2022 with a morning of informative presentations and interactive activates aimed to familiarize the new freshmen with building layout and academic opportunities, as part of the newly implemented Freshman Academy.

At Sachem High School North, following a day of hands-on workshops and teambuilding group sessions, Sachem alumnus Chris Vaccaro welcomed the incoming freshmen as he highlighted opportunities available to students and notable alumni that thrived as Sachem students. The freshmen were then introduced to members of the Peer Mentor Club, who will be providing assistance throughout the year as they become acclimated to the building. The Peer Mentor Club members answered questions about the freshman experience and what to expect as they begin high school. 

Freshmen at Sachem High School East were welcomed by building administrators before being introduced to the Project Happiness initiative, which was implemented as a key component of the building’s culture last year. Students were then led on guided tours to multiple key locations throughout the building that they will visit during their time as high school students. Randomly assigned student groups then participated in six, 25-minute workshops that further explored the main principles of Project Happiness, mindfulness and meditation techniques, how to easily access building information and what events and clubs are available to students. 

In addition to the annual freshman orientations, the new Freshman Academy experience serves as a hands-on, discussion-based introduction to each high school that engages students in activities with their fellow peers.